Washington State
  • Internship

Position Summary

Want to be part of a team of passionate and resourceful organizers who are building power to resist attacks on the environment? Does the idea of working for clean air, clean water, and equitable environmental protection for all Washingtonians excite you? Come join our team! Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) and Washington Environmental Council (WEC) are seeking three passionate individuals who wants to make a difference in local communities. Our Community Engagement & Campaign Interns will work as a team with our Field Organizers on targeted voter contact and volunteer recruitment. Interns will engage in WCV’s efforts to elect environmental champions to office. They will also support WEC’s issue programs (i.e. Power Past Fracked Gas) with project management, advocacy, and mobilization opportunities. We are looking for interns based in Washington. Given the ongoing pandemic, this internship will be largely online/remote and thus anyone based in WA is encouraged to apply. This internship will start the week of July 26th and run through December 10th, 2021 (with week of Thanksgiving off, and another week of your choosing.) This is a great position for someone who is interested in building their skills around environmental activism and advocacy, state and local political races, and honing their outreach skills.

This internship will largely involve supporting campaign work through the general election on November 2nd. The work will then shift to cleaning up and distilling information in our databases and advocacy work. Someone who is excited about meeting with and talking to a lot of new people will find this work extremely rewarding. Interns will have weekly staff supervision meetings, trainings, professional development, and networking opportunities. Interns will receive grounding in racial justice principles and gain skills to successfully organize.

Washington Environmental Council drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For more than 50 years, we have been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment.

Washington Conservation Voters is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment. Young people, people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. We seek to apply a social and racial justice lens to all of our work.

Internship Hours, Timeframe and Stipend

The Community Engagement & Campaign Intern will work 15 hours per week from of July 26th and run through December 10th, 2021. The week of Thanksgiving (11/22-11/26) will be off, in addition to another week of your choosing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Seattle office is currently closed, with plans to partially open starting in September. Interns will work remotely until September, with the option to come into the office 2 days a week or continue to work remotely after Labor Day. Interns will join 1-3 meetings per week via phone or video, including a weekly check in with their supervisor. Interns should be available for occasional evening shifts and infrequent weekend shifts. Schedule is flexible and will vary weekly based on our field opportunities. This internship can count as course credit if approved by your institution. A $2200 stipend will be provided. We offer a $100 wellness benefit and reimbursement for any work related travel will be provided. We will also provide work-from-home technology such as a laptop, headset, etc. if needed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train and mobilize activists to take action with endorsed candidate campaigns through direct voter contact such as phone-banking and canvassing (in-person events will be evaluated as public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic evolves)
  • Spend 2 hours per week on the phone recruiting volunteers for phone-banks and events leading up to the general election
  • Represent WEC & WCV at events (in-person events will be evaluated as public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic evolves)
  • Conduct civic engagement activities, including Get Out the Vote phone calls and digital canvassing
  • Engage volunteers from existing member lists and implement innovative outreach techniques to grow our activist base
  • Maintain and organize data in various databases including Salesforce and the Voter Activation Network
  • Other tasks to support WEC and WCV’s field activities

Qualifications

Previous election work is not required. Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in person, by phone and over video conference
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office applications, web searches, documents and email
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and join remote meetings in a timely manner
  • Enjoys talking with others, can shrug off cold responses while maintaining a professional and considerate demeanor
  • Discretion and integrity to work with and maintain confidentiality of sensitive personal information
  • A passion for civic engagement, voting rights, politics, or social change

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of Washington state environmental policy and politics
  • Interest in protecting the local environment and environmental justice

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and your typical availability here by July 9th. We will begin scheduling phone/video interviews on July 9th.

WEC and WCV are an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC and WCV do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.